The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will induct Joan Maxwell, President and Co-Founder of Regulator Marine, and Bill Watters, President of Syntec Industries, into the Organization’s Hall of Fame. The 2021 ceremony will take place at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference on September 28 in Tampa, Florida.
The NMMA Hall of Fame was established in 1988 and recognizes individuals who have made or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions to the advancement of the marine industry. It honors individuals whose names and deeds are synonymous with the pursuit of quality, innovation and perfection in their respective areas of expertise.
Details on former NMMA Hall of Fame inductees: http://www.nmma.org/industry-awards/hall-of-fame-award
Maxwell is a pioneer who has dedicated her professional life to the maritime industry. Through her determination and faith, Regulator has grown into a leading manufacturer of offshore boats and has earned a reputation as one of the boating industry’s most respected brands for over 30 consecutive years.
After founding the company with her husband Owen in 1988 in an abandoned A&P grocery store, Regulator set out to reinvent the Deep V center console experience and designed what today is called an unbeatable, dry ride. . The company now operates out of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Edenton, NC where their team continues the legacy Joan and Owen began years ago – constantly evolving to meet the asks customers while staying true to their heritage.
As a respected leader of a premier boating company, Maxwell has long been actively engaged in the boating industry’s premier organization, the NMMA. In an industry historically dominated by men, she became the first woman to chair the board of directors of the NMMA and currently remains a member of the board of directors of the Boat Divisional Manufacturer.
Her dedication to service is evident not only at Regulator, but also in the local community in which Regulator is located, where she currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Edenton-Chowan Partnership. Maxwell has implemented a volunteer program at Regulator Marine that pays employees their regular wages during working hours while they volunteer their time and services to local organizations of their choice.
In 2018, she created the “In His Service” program at Regulator, which oversees Regulator’s charitable giving, as well as its Emergency Employee Assistance Fund. Currently, she is a member of C12, a roundtable of Christian leaders that focuses on building better businesses with a bigger goal.
Here, previous accomplishments include the 2018 Hammond Marine Industry Leadership Award, the Darlene Briggs Marine Woman of the Year Award, and the National Association of Manufacturer’s STEP Award.
President of Syntec Industries, Bill Watters has been a driving force in the boating industry for more than three decades. He has a passion for the industry like no other, and has generously contributed his time, resources and leadership throughout his career.
Watters attended the University of Georgia and earned a degree in agricultural engineering. After graduating, he started working in his father’s son manufacturing company, Integrated Products. He started selling yarn to Sea Ray, and after attending Marketing Days at the Miami Boat Show and IMTEC in Chicago, he realized that there was great potential for carpet sales in the area. maritime industry.
In 1986 he and his brothers Tom, Thad and Joe formed Syntec Industries and began selling rugs to the marine industry. Since then, Syntec has been a major supplier to the maritime industry. He brought innovative products to market and set trends for boat builders that positively influenced boat sales.
With its forward-looking vision, Syntec has successfully overcome economic downturns and followed industry trends by diversifying its product line and expanding into other OEM markets including the recreational vehicle industry in the 1990s, and the manufactured and multi-family home markets in 2000 and 2009., respectively.
Watters’ leadership and service have also been instrumental in the growth of the boating industry – every committee, board of directors and industry initiative he has worked on has benefited from his involvement.
He has long been a staunch supporter of NMMA. He has held several positions on the MACD, NMMA, Grow Boating and MLA boards, including chairman of each. He was president and vice-president of AMD and a member of the Recreational Boating Leadership Council. To help expose boat builders to the best suppliers in the marine industry, he has also been a driving force behind IBEX and served as chair of the IBEX planning committee.
Watters also gives back to his community with his time, energy and financial support. He supports several youth groups, local organizations and charities in his hometown of Rome, Georgia, including Darlington School Board, YMCA, Jaycees, Boy Scouts of America, Floyd Healthcare Foundation, Kiki’s Kids, Coosa Valley Soil & Water Conservancy & Development and the Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission, to name a few.